Needing some paper for my printer, I went to Office Depot a few weeks ago. They had some type of sale on their HP Multipurpose 8.5 x 11, 500 sheets paper for $6.99 each. However, there was a sign that said, buy 2, get one free.
I assumed the sign meant that you buy 2 of them and you get the third one free. That sounded like a good deal, if I understood the sign correctly.
There was a line at the checkout, but when I finally got to the front, I asked about the deal. The cachier looked slightly puzzled, but quickly said the paper was on sale for $4.99.
That sounded even better so I asked about the buy 2, get one free. She says something like, “Yeah, we can do that.” She pushes some buttons on her register and tells me the total is $10.80.
I didn’t want to ask any questions so I quickly paid and left the building before they figured out their error and have security grab me in the parking lot.
After I got in the car, I looked at the receipt and saw that the cashier had done what was listed as a “price override,” then took off another $4.99 to give me the 3rd one for free.
Price override? Hmmm. You mean I can just ask the cashier to sell me stuff for less money? How come I didn’t know about this before?